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With most of us now confined to our homes and keeping outings to a minimum, the future of many local businesses has never been so uncertain. From cafes and restaurants to online classes and small grocers, please continue to support local businesses on the North Shore! 


Cafes on the North Shore

While cafes are closed for dine-in business, many are still open for takeaway. Look up your favourite local cafes to see what they are doing during these times. Here are some of the local cafes we know are still open for business, offering a great opportunity to support local while social distancing.

Coffee Drs, Hornsby

Open for takeaway, only using tap or Netbank transfer and no keep cups.
Location: Suite 9/25 – 29 Hunter St. Hornsby
Website: coffeedrs.com

Cafe Patina, Wahroonga

Open for coffee and food takeaway. Modern Australian menu. See the take-away menu.
Location: 64 Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
Website: cafepatina.com.au

Replay Espresso, Turramurra

Open for takeaway. You can use the Hey You app and preorder and pay before you arrive.
Location: 2A William Street, Turramurra
Website: facebook.com/ReplayEspresso

The Incinerator, Willoughby

Takeaways only, but they will be testing out home delivery shortly, so stay tuned!
Location: 2a Small St, Willoughby
Website: theincinerator.com.au

The Junction Coffee Co., Lane Cove

Now offering food takeaway only, you can order on Ubereats, or call and collect for pick up.
Location: The Plaza 13 Burns Bay Rd, Lane Cove
Website: facebook.com/pg/TheJunctionCoffeeCoLaneCove

Babycino, Lindfield

Babyccino will only be serving takeaway food and beverage.
Location: 317 Pacific Highway, Lindfield
Website: babyccinolindfield.com

CoHo, Berowra Heights

Delicious healthy breakfast menu, or burgers, sandwiches, poke bowl or tacos for lunch. Download the Bopple app to order online or call 8407 1804.
Location: Shop 11, 1c Turner Road, Berowra Village Shopping Centre, Berowra Heights
Website: facebook.com/CohoBerowra/


Restaurants now offering take-away on the North Shore

Save yourself time in the kitchen and have food delivered to your door (or head out and pick it up) with one of these restaurants that is still open for business. Another opportunity for you to support local while social distancing.

Kipling’s Garage Bar, Turramurra

Their Home Delivery Service is now live! View the menu and order online. This is a pre-cooked meal service that will be delivered to your home daily, but it will be cold and therefore will need to be reheated.
Location: 2 Eastern Road, Turramurra
Website: facebook.com/pg/KiplingsGarageBar/

Brasserie L’Entrecote, Pymble

Open for takeaway only, with a restricted menu.
Location: 1047 Pacific Hwy, Pymble
Website: brasserielentrecote.com.au

The Stoned Crow, Crows Nest

Currently working on a new delivery service that will be available in a few days.
Location: 39 Willoughby Road, Crows Nest
Website: stonedcrow.com.au

Blu Water Grill, Hornsby

Breakfast and lunch menu available for takeaway.
Location: Shop B22, Westfield, Florence St, Hornsby
Website: bluwatergrill.com.au

SaltPepperNutmeg, Roseville

Takeaway menu now available.
Location: 110 Pacific Hwy, Roseville
Website: saltpeppernutmeg


Online Classes

Was your child attending an extracurricular class that they loved? Many of these classes have gone online, so kids can still enjoy! Check in with your local classes and see if they have gone this way (or suggest it as a possibility). Here are some classes we know are now online, so you can support local while social distancing.

Marian Street Theatre

Online drama and voice classes.
Cost: from $110
Website: mstyp.org.au/

Tiny Tutus Ballet

The Tiny Tutus Curriculum is now available online in small group classes from the comfort of your home.
Cost: $110 for 5-week program
Website: tinytutus.com.au/

Active Mum

Live streamed exercise for mums and kids.
Cost: Free
Website: facebook.com/Active-Mum-145386475578/

Street Science

Offering online science lessons for kids with different themes.
Cost: Free
Website: facebook.com/streetscienceau

Freeman’s Fitness Training Studio

Their online personal training is just as effective at helping you reach your fitness goals, it is simply a different way to approach it.
Location: Online
Website: freemansfitness.com.au/


Independent Grocery Stores

Before beelining straight to Coles and Woolworths for your grocery needs, consider one of the smaller grocers in your area. Who knows, you may even luck out and find some toilet paper waiting for you!

Forestway Fresh, Terrey Hills

You can make use of their personal shopper service. Shop online and they will load your shopping into your car and you won’t even need to get out.
Location: 341 Mona Vale Road, Terrey Hills
Website: facebook.com/pg/forestwayfresh

Taste Organic, Turramurra

Taste Organic is your good food market offering a huge range of certified organic produce. Still operating, just with reduced hours.
Location: 20 Princes St, Turramurra
Website: tasteorganic.com.au/

Vanilla Blue Catering, Artarmon

Delivering pantry essentials, fresh fruit and vegetables and home cooked meals.
Location: Unit 4, 19 Hotham Parade Artarmon
Website: vanillablue.com.au/

Bradfield Friendly Grocer, Milsons Point

Open for business for all your convenience needs.
Location: 52 Alfred St, Milsons Point


More Businesses on the North Shore

Car Helper | New Car Buyers’ Agent

It’s business as usual,  Customers can still buy a heavily discounted new car entirely via phone and email, with test drives at home, and free home-delivery (social distancing and thorough vehicle hygiene measures applied). For businesses, the short term cash flow benefits made possible by the $150K Instant Asset Write Off offered as part of the government’s C-19 cashflow package may be a compelling reason to purchase a new vehicle before June 30.

Location: Level 2 / 50 Yeo Street Neutral Bay NSW
Website: carhelper.com.au

Other ways to help local businesses

If you are unable to buy your favourite businesses (whether they have had to close doors, or you simply can’t get there), there are still other ways you can support them:

Buy a gift voucher: purchase a gift voucher you can redeem at a later date. This will keep their business running in the meantime.

Make a note: list down some places you want to head to with friends of family when this is all over.

Pick up takeaway: instead of using Uber Eats, which takes a 30% cut. This ensures the money gets where it should. If this isn’t possible right now, remember this when business reopen.


Know any other North Shore businesses who should be on this list? Let us know by filling in the form below:

  • What is this business doing to adapt to the new social distancing rules?
  • Do you have any other information to share?
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